Dog Hopping – What Does it mean when your dog is hopping on 3 legs?

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Is your dog hopping? Or lame on one leg?
It is likely that they are in pain, or something is not functioning properly.
The best thing to do if your dog is consistently hopping on 3 legs is to have your vet assess them first.
However I have written some ideas and tips to prepare you for considered outcomes.

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What Does it mean if your dog is hopping on a hind leg?

It depends on whether the hopping is intermittent or continuous.

Continuous Hopping or lameness – This is when the animal is non weight bearing on a limb. Its normally cause by an acute Injury or accident. This will need to be examined by a vet to confirm what is causing the non-weight bearing on the affected limb.

Intermittent Hopping or lameness – This is when an animal occasionally displays a lameness or hops off of a limb.
Again a veterinary examination of the limb is needed to confirm a correct diagnosis.
However likely examples of causes are luxating patella, Cruciate ligament tear or weakness, and osteoarthritis.

What should you do about your pets hopping?

As stated above Veterinary diagnosis of the exact cause is essential.
However you can look into physio and home management or even prevention options.

Even if your animal is diagnosed with one of the conditions stated about Physio rehabilitation therapy can drastically improve and sometimes even prevent surgical interventions.

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